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My 90 Astro van won't stay running while in drive or reverse, any ideas

When it's cold it runs perfect, by the time I drive 2 blocks I come to a stop and it wants to die on me unless I push the brake and give it a little gas it will stay running

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You need to readr the fault code, to do this using the check engine likght blink out methiod fiollow the instructions at the link. FAQ How to read older GM codes for free

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If you have a code reader, you should use it. When the oxygen sensor changes from open to closed loop, the issue can be related to bad grounds, bad oxygen sensor, bad MAF sensor.

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    Standard fault code readers do not work on 1990 model, that is 1996 up only OBD2 engine control systems.

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    I have an obd 1 reader for that year.

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